November 28th, 2010
06:44 PM ET

Fire set at Oregon mosque attended by bomb plot suspect

The FBI announced a $10,000 reward Sunday for information leading to the arrest of  the person or people responsible for an apparent attack on an Oregon Islamic center.

The center was was attended by the man authorities say was behind a foiled bomb plot at a recent Portland Christmas tree lighting.

A fire appears to have started sometime early Sunday morning at the Salman AlFarisi Islamic Center in Corvallis, Oregon, authorities said. The building suffered some fire and smoke damage.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who was arrested in connection with the plan to detonate what he thought was an explosives-laden van at a Portland tree-lighting ceremony Friday night, occasionally attended the center, the mosque's imam told CNN.

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  1. John in Indy

    A post toward the top had it right, cause and effect. If you had your family in that crowd, to enjoy a tree lighting and heard what happened, the mosque is lucky it wasn't worse. The moslems have a SERIOUS image problem, need to prove that they really are peaceful and are reigning in the military aged young men.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WilH

    I would guess that, just like the event in Escondido last week, this was probably the result of carelessness by the makers of the would-be bombers in the mosque. That is typically how the FBI and other law enforcement has found these folks. Ideology does not instruct one in the safe handling of chemicals, explosives, electronics, etc.. I doubt very much that anyone outside did it.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. duke

    Cesar!!
    Ronald Reagan??look him up,read about him,and his just say no campaign,
    Then explain why oliver north is considered a hero of the right???
    It's as if being guilty of a crime is for the poor only,meanwhile the American Idol's get away with murder..

    November 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. duke

    Ronald Reagan was a terrorist(fact)
    And His-story is looking to repeat itself in the form of SS.Sarah(fact).
    If you can't condemn all jews because of bernie madoff,
    And you can't condemn all white people because of ronald reagan,
    How can you want to harm all muslims because of a few??

    November 28, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    @americanbefore76
    GOOD.. they never tiped once.. ever. muslims never tip ask any pizzaman. and that's a fact.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fred Flintstone

    Two wrongs don't make a right. I do believe however if the Muslim community in America does not come out more forcefully against terrorism and acts of violence this will only get worse

    November 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Protoman

    Bingo Duke. If we are going to be herded up into groups by religion, government and the media then each respective group needs to police itself. Every ethnicity and religion has its bad apples and the sooner we can deal with them honestly the better we all will be.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. duke

    Protoman!!
    Would that mean we embrace Sharia law??

    November 28, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yoli

    Why would an arsonist burn the office instead of part of the building with religious significance? Hmm? If you were crazy ticked off at this mosque and was going to do this sort of thing, would *you* find the office and burn that? Or would you burn something obviously significant to the faith?

    80% of the office was destroyed. Other rooms suffered only smoke damage. Read other sources.

    Now, why would someone specifically burn the office? Because it has computers? Files? Financial records?

    November 28, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evil Is Islam

      I think you are the person closest to the truth here. 😉

      November 29, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • sonofliberty

      I think you are exactly right. The office was burned by the mosque members in order to cover up who the bomber knew and interacted with. Maybe to cover up more than that.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gettin older

    I have lived with the threat of war from one place or another all my life. This is no different. American neighborhoods have never been safe and neither is or are the woods. Just life. From all groups and walks come those who just have a tough card to play. I think we've never been better off than we are right now.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gettin older

    There has NEVER been a time when we've been this intelligent and have had access to all sorts of cool information and the opening of the spirit within and without. I've had a marvelous time regardless of the extreme pain I've suffered along side my pals. We didn't realize all of what was inside of us. What a wake up call!. And now to use it all wisely. And graciously. And with hope.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Protoman

    Umm no Duke. Lol. Let's try and have some common sense here. I'm just saying that we can all do our part within our close knit groups. I think many tolerate criminals among them because they figure the enemy of my enemy is my friend when it's really not that easy.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Protoman

    @Duke: there's nothing wrong with the laws, but enforcing them involves everyone. It might prevent more bad things from happening. I used to be a bit of a wild person, but I was allowed to be. It was accepted by society (if not promoted), but not law enforcement.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. gettin older

    Law enforcement is mostly for show. They only want to act in extreme cases. If there is law presence, there is less trouble. When no one is there to stop you from pushing the envelope, some people might tip the edge.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Oregonian Muslim

    The entire point of terrorism is to terrorize and create rifts, the more we stick together and show resilience we are defeating the purpose of these acts. People who carry out these acts have allegiance to no religion; they are simply misguided psychopaths following even more dangerous psychopaths. These same people are killing innocent people in Muslim places of worship within Muslim countries. They are at war with everyone who doesn't share their depraved world-view. The world needs a solution to terrorism, but the solution isn't hatred and discrimination. Those who stereotype law-abiding Muslims as a result of these acts become successfully terrorized and ultimately help the terrorist cause of creating hatred and divisions.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
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